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June 21st, 2011

Maiden approves 1 cent tax break

June 21, 2011

Maiden residents will see a one cent tax break during the next fiscal year that will save town members nearly $80,000.
The new tax rate of 39 cents per $100 of valuation will be the lowest municipal tax rate in Catawba County, said Maiden Town Manager Todd Herms.
Maiden’s town council unanimously approved its new tax rate and $13,014,565 budget Monday night with no comments from the public.  
“This is roughly the same budget from last year, but there is a one cent tax decrease,” Herms said.

Volunteers make Cross Connection

June 21, 2011

Before youth and adults from Carolina Cross Connection arrived at Pattie Patrick’s house Wednesday, the Newton resident said her linoleum floor was riddled with holes.

“I kept getting big splinters in my feet when I walked around the living room,” said Patrick’s daughter Dawn, holding up her hands to illustrate a five-inch fragment of floor. “It was all torn up.”

Patrick’s house, a Habitat for Humanity home constructed in the early 90s, had floor issues stretching from the living room all the way throughout the hallways — damage that Patrick said she could not afford to fix.

County garbage fees to increase

June 21, 2011

Area citizens will pay more for their garbage pickup next year to offset increasing costs for fuel and operations.

Catawba County Commissioners approved a fee increase from Garbage Disposal Service Monday night that will cost the average homeowner $3.36 more annually, said Barry Edwards, director of utilities and engineering for the county. The increase will also affect commercial dumpsters for unincorporated businesses, hiking their rates anywhere from $1 to $8.46 a month depending on how many dumpsters the business has and how often they are dumped, Edwards said.

Assistant DA arrested for DWI

June 21, 2011

Catawba County's chief assistant district attorney was arrested and charged with a DWI Tuesday.

Eric Bellas was arrested at about 2 a.m. by Sunset Beach Police and taken to Brunswick County jail. From Bellas' mug shot, he appears to have many facial injuries.

Bellas was released at 8:35 a.m. Tuesday.

Edwards team due in NC courtroom for hearing

June 21, 2011

GREENSBORO (AP) — John Edwards' defense team is slated to be in a federal court in North Carolina to talk with prosecutors about evidence and motions in preparation for trial on charges of campaign finance law violations.

Court records show the hearing scheduled late Tuesday morning in Greensboro. It was not immediately clear if Edwards will appear in court with his attorneys.

NCCS Board has new schedule

June 21, 2011

Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education announces a new meeting schedule.

The Board will now meet the first and second Mondays of each month. The first Monday will be the work session meeting held at the NCCS Central Office, and the second Monday will be the regular board meeting held at the 1924 Courthouse.

For July, the board will have one meeting, which is set for 7 p.m. July 11 at the 1924 Courthouse.

The meetings are open to the public. Anyone wishing to speak at the July 11 BOE meeting needs to sign the open forum sign-in sheet posted at the second-floor entrance door.

June 20th

Abernethy Laurels challenges DOT

June 20, 2011

A local retirement community is voicing concern about plans to expand N.C. 16 to four lanes.

Officials from United Church Homes and Services and Abernethy Laurels said Monday the proposed divided highway will create significant safety hazards for many individuals for a variety of reasons.

The next phase of the decade-long N.C. 16 widening project will expand the two-lane portion of N.C. 16 north of Tower Road to Claremont Road to four lanes. Most of the 8.2-mile stretch of highway will have a median separating the north and south directions.

NC passes looser gun laws

June 20, 2011

State officials recently passed a bill that gives gun owners the right to use deadly force on unlawful intruders and allows for more access to concealed firearms across the state.

Under the new bill sponsored by N.C. Rep. Mark Hilton, citizens will be able to fire at intruders lawfully under "a reasonable fear of imminent death or serious bodily harm,” according to the bill. The bill would protect in-danger citizens at work or while being carjacked, as well.

SBI investigates fire

June 20, 2011

State and county officials are still unsure what started the blaze that destroyed a restaurant in Sherrills Ford that is one-half mile from the closest fire station.

Catawba County Fire Marshal Mark Pettit said Monday that his office, as well as the SBI Arson Team, is still investigating the blaze that wiped out the Pier 150 restaurant on N.C. 150 in Sherrills Ford on Saturday.

Pettit didn't comment if arson is suspected, but said it is not uncommon for a SBI Arson Team to be dispatched for a commercial fire.

June 18th

Fire destroys restaurant

June 18, 2011

A fire destroyed a Sherrills Ford restaurant early Saturday morning.

Pier 150 caught on fire at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. The Catawba County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

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